Finding Ourselves: Favourite Children’s DVDs

July 27, 2012

When I first started watching movies with my husband, I found he had an interesting habit of looking for Greek names in the credits. I had a friend of Polish descent who did the same thing with Polish names.  I suppose as human beings we naturally seek out others like us; people we can relate to in one way or another. Now [...]

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June 23, 2012

I finally had the opportunity to watch the film Girlfriend– and it was absolutely riveting. Evan Sneider gives an incredible performance as Evan, a young man looking for love. Amanda Plummer, Shannon Woodward, and Jackson Rathbone round out the cast as Evan’s devoted mother, his love interest Candy, and Candy’s jealous ex-boyfriend.  When a tragic event occurs in Evan’s life, he must [...]

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A Mother Like Alex

March 25, 2012

TVOntario recently broadcast a wonderful documentary about  Alex Bell, a mother living just outside Manchester, England.  Over a period of 25 years, Alex has adopted and fostered eight children with special needs, seven of whom have Down Syndrome.  The program profiles Alex and her children–who range in age from 10 to young adulthood–as well as several of their birth families.  [...]

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Including Samuel

January 23, 2012

Samuel is a little boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut.  His favourite colour is yellow, and he loves to play baseball. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.  Including Samuel is an award-winning documentary produced by Daniel Habib, Samuel’s father.  In the film, Samuel’s family– his mother Betsy, father Daniel, and brother Isaiah– are profiled.  They [...]

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As Long As It’s Healthy

August 24, 2011

  I wanted to share a video with you (and not just because my daughter is in it!)   My friend Denise created this video to challenge the common phrase mothers hear when expecting a baby– “as long as it’s healthy”.  This video was entered into the Bloorview filmpossible contest, whose goal it is to “bring visibility to [...]

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Greece is the Word

July 6, 2011

My husband was born and raised in Greece, and I absolutely love the dimension that getting to know his culture and a bit of the Greek language has added to my life.  His immediate family all still live there, so we are very privileged to be able to travel to Greece every couple of years for [...]

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Interview with Evan Sneider, star of Girlfriend

June 10, 2011

The film Girlfriend premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall with the distinction of being the first feature film to star an actor with Down syndrome.  Writer and director Justin Lerner went to high school with Evan Sneider, the young man who inspired the film and was then cast in the leading role.  This past week, [...]

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Signing Time

May 17, 2011

As we have been on the subject of signing with children, I thought I’d mention the Signing Time video series.   Signing Time was created by Rachel Coleman after she discovered that her daughter Leah was deaf at about 1 year of age.  A musician, Coleman collaborated with her sister to create videos that would give others the ability to communicate [...]

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World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2011

 March 21st marks World Down Syndrome Day, the 3/21 referencing the third copy of the 21st chromosome which characterizes Down syndrome. Who knew?  I certainly didn’t three years ago as I began my maternity leave and waited for my little one to be born.  Three and a half weeks later, we both entered a new world.  I find it hard to believe that three [...]

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Monica & David: A Love Story

February 25, 2011

Many of us in the Down syndrome community have been hearing about Monica & David for some time, and we were thrilled that it finally aired on CBC’s The Passionate Eye last week on Valentine’s Day.  And what an appropriate day for its release!  This film just brims over with love – the love between Monica and David, of [...]

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